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Israeli Troops Kill Senior Palestinian Militant

Israeli troops have killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in a shoot-out in the West Bank.

Monday's killing of Luay Saadi and his deputy prompted calls from the militant group for revenge attacks. Islamic Jihad leaders say the Israeli operation in Tulkarem threatens an agreement by Palestinian militant groups to stop attacks on Israeli targets.

Israel says Mr. Saadi was behind several attacks that have killed at least 10 Israelis since February.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority says it plans to immediately disarm members of another militant group in the West Bank, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

The chief of police in the West Bank, Taher Zaid, says most members of the militant group will be trained to join Palestinian security forces. But leading al-Aqsa commanders say they doubt their men will turn in their weapons until Israel leaves the West Bank.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.